HPIC Applauds the Federal Government's New Medical Aid Incentive



    MONTREAL, March 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Health Partners International of Canada
applauds the Federal Government's medical aid incentive measure found in
today's budget, designed to help improve the health of people in the
developing world.
    The new donation incentive for medical aid will increase access to
important medicines and vaccines from Canada that are needed by those
afflicted with HIV/AIDS in Africa and other devastating diseases in countries
where little help is currently available.
    "The government should be congratulated for introducing this measure that
will improve Canada's humanitarian commitment," said HPIC President, John
Kelsall. "This measure means that for every dollar of fiscal incentive for
donations from health-care companies, HPIC will be able to provide up to $20
in medical aid for the poor in the developing world, including Afghanistan,
which is the focus of much of our attention this year."
    "Not only will it enhance this country's excellent track record for
humanitarian assistance, but it will also help in the achievement of Canada's
foreign aid policy objectives. Ours is a health-building nation," he said.
    Although Canadian health-care companies are already donating large
quantities of medicines and medical supplies for humanitarian purposes, the
need for more is urgent. This measure, similar to one already in place in the
United States, will enable health-care companies to make an even greater
contribution. Humanitarian donations are expected to increase dramatically,
based on the U.S. experience.
    Canada will now be more effective in responding to the need for high
quality medicines and vaccines, treating illnesses and saving lives in
impoverished communities around the world.

    HPIC is a Canadian medical aid charity that provides medicines, vaccines
and medical supplies - donated by Canadian health-care companies - for aid,
relief and development projects in the developing world. Since 1990, HPIC has
provided more than $210 million (wholesale) worth of needed medical aid to 116
countries.




For further information:

For further information: Margaret Buchanan, Manager, Media Relations,
(514) 695-0007, (514) 402-2270 (cell), mbuchanan@hpicanada.ca


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